Toronto International Film Festival | Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans wins the Audience Award

(Toronto) The semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans by Steven Spielberg won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Posted at 2:35 p.m

Noel Ransome and Adina Bresge
The Canadian Press

The victory of this coming-of-age ode to cinema was announced during an awards breakfast at TIFF that capped ten days of film and celebrations. Canadian films also did well at Sunday’s ceremony Riceboy is sleeping won the platform award.

Heralded as the legendary director’s most personal project to date, The Fabelmans marked Spielberg’s debut at TIFF.

“First and foremost, as I said onstage the other night, I’m happy to have brought this film to Toronto,” Spielberg said in a statement released at the awards ceremony. The warm welcome from everyone in Toronto made my first visit to TIFF so intimate and personal for me and my entire Fabelman family. »

The People’s Choice Award, chosen via online voting, is often seen as an indicator of Oscar success.

Last year is the family drama Belfast by Kenneth Branagh, filmed in Northern Ireland, which won the award.

With the meaning of Belfast and Rome, The Fabelmans is an author’s film that tells of his own childhood and the family dynamics that shaped him.

Previous Audience Choice winners, who went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, include Nomadland, Green Book, 12 Years Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.

women talk Sarah Polley from Canada came second. This adaptation of a novel by Miriam Toews focuses on an isolated religious community faced with a recurring problem of sexual assault.

The third place is occupied by Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mysterythe film by Rian Johnson that follows on from his success at TIFF in 2019 and tells the adventures of detective Benoît Blanc, played by Daniel Craig.

The second feature film from Vancouver writer-director Anthony Shim, Riceboy is sleepingreceived the Platform Prize, which is awarded by an international jury chaired by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema.

During the announcement of the winner of the $20,000 award, Mme Rozema said that Riceboy is sleeping stood out among the many international nominees for his “deeply moving story” in which he navigates a “specifically Canadian version of racism”.

Set in the 1990s, the film explores the divisions that form between a single South Korean mother and her teenage son as they make a fresh start in Canada.

As he took the stage to accept the award, Shim choked back tears as he thanked his mother and little sister “who always believed I could do things like this, even when I was at my lowest”.

black iceby Oscar-nominated Canadian director Hubert Davis, which examines how anti-Black racism shaped ice hockey, received the Audience Documentary Award.

The feature film debut of Italian-Canadian filmmaker Luis De Filippis, Something you said last night, won the Shawn Mendes Foundation’s $10,000 Changemaker Prize. This Canadian-Swiss drama follows a young transgender woman as she accompanies her family on vacation.

The Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, worth $10,000, went to the documentary Kill a tiger Toronto-based director Nisha Pahuja tells the story of an Indian farmer fighting for justice after his 13-year-old daughter was gang raped. vikingby Quebec’s Stéphane Lafleur, received a special mention in the Best Canadian Film category.

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